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I'm needing some advice, and maybe some peer support. Right now, because I'm still waiting on my insurance to go back into effect, I don't know if I have Celiac, Chrohn's, or UC (or something else). However, regardless of whatever it is I do have, I'm fighting weight loss and the effects it has on my own self-confidence. When I started this weight loss thing, I weighed 140. I lost eight pounds and weighed 132. Now I weigh 136 only because I've increased my caloric intake per day. However, where ever I'm gaining it I don't know, and my biggest reason for wanting to gain weight is because my face is showing the full effects of the loss.

I used to be fuller in the face, and now its like the fat in my face is all going away. It's more narrow, and you can see sinking parts in between my cheek bone and mouth, if that makes any sense. It's not so bad yet that I think everyone notices, but I see it and I do. I'm eating more, yet I'm still losing in my face. I don't understand. My doctor told me men usually lose weight in their face and hands first, but this is getting out of hand.

You see, the problem is, if I weighed 200 pounds, losing a little weight wouldn't look so bad. However, I started out at 140! I've always been thin, small-framed, and losing weight for me doesn't look good. From what I understand, my steatthorea is the cause for my fat loss, since my gastro told me I'm only absorbing like 70 percent of my daily fats. But, something has to happen so that I start gaining back in my face...

If nothing else, if any one of you have ever had to deal, or know of somone that has had to deal with this same problem, please let me know because it really bothers me a lot. Thanks.

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I'm afraid that I had the opposite problem and held onto weight and swelling before my diagnosis but after I changed my diet, I lost wieght because (I think) much of it was swelling and inflammation. I lost weight around my face, but it was a bit puffy before and it is a healthier look now.

What did pop into my mind was a purely cosmetic treatment. I had a laser light therapy on my face to treat my roseacea (red splotchiness); the lasers zapped the surface veins but it sort of plumps up the skin in a "youthful" sort of way. For a quick, but expensive (about $300), treatment while you wait for your weight to redistribute itself, you might want to consider it.

I would also recommend that you stay really well hydrated and eat as much produce as you can; often water and diet can have a huge affect on our skin and health. Good luck.

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You say you are going to be tested for celiac etc, also make sure they test your thyroid levels. I had graves disease and lost 3 stones and was like a skeleton for awhile, was very gaunt in the face, my eyes buldged and was extremely anxious.

Hope you find out whats causing your health issues.

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what kind of fats, carbs and proteins are you eating?

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I eat basically whatever, or at least I did at the time I had been tested, which was like four months ago or so. At that time, I was eating a lot of out to eat food (I know, I know) just because it was easier for me. So, as for carbs, fats, etc. I can only say that I probably didn't have the best diet, but I always got away with it anyway since I have always been small framed and couldn't gain no matter what I ate. Now I drink 2 ensure's a day, which adds like 700 calories per day to my diet, and I try to eat less fattening foods - though not always.

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Okey I see a lot of weird stuff in that supplement like soy protein and omega 6 vegetable oils, both of which are known to surpress thyroid and metabolism, I would definitely focus on whole foods instead such as white rice, tubers, butter/ghee, coconut oil and meat, if I were to attempt to gain weight from underweight

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